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Burning of the Witches

30 April is pálení čarodějnic ("burning of the witches") or čarodějnice in the Czech Republic, the day that winter is ceremonially brought to an end by the burning of rag and straw witches or just broomsticks on bonfires around the country. The festival offers Czechs the chance to eat, drink and be merry around a roaring fire.


St. Mikulas Day

In the Czech Republic there is St. Mikulas introduced as a tall man with a long white coat, white or red high cap with the golden cross in the middle and white beard accompanied by and an Angel and some devils. This group goes from house to house, where families with small children live, at night on 5th December. The Angel and St. Mikulas give small presents and sweets to children and devils´ duty is „to punish and frighten“naughty children. This day is actually a preparation for Christmas, when not big presents are given but just some sweets and small gifts. It is not anything scaring but just a fun for small children.



Easter Celebration in the Czech Republic

Celebrations On Whipping Monday
In Czech Republic, the traditional name for Easter Monday is 'Whipping Monday', because on this day, the village boys symbolically 'whip' girls on the legs. Young, live 'pussy willow' twigs are thought to bring health and youth to anyone who is thrashed with them. The braided whip made from pussy willow twigs is called the 'Easter pomlázka'. While whipping the girl, the boy would recite an Easter carol, usually asking for an egg or two. The girl would reward the boy with a painted egg or candy and tie a ribbon around his pomlázka. This tradition is still followed in many parts of Czech Republic.

Decoration of Easter Eggs
Decoration of Easter eggs is one of the popular traditions associated with the celebration of the festival in Czech Republic. Hand-painted or decorated eggs (kraslice) are the most recognizable symbol of Easter in the European nation. Different materials including bee's wax, straw, water colours, onion peels, stickers are used to decorate the eggs. As a part of the traditions, young girls decorate Easter eggs to give them as presents to boys, on Easter Monday. Easter Sunday (Nedele velikonocní) is a day of preparations for Easter Monday. While the girls are occupied with painting, colouring and decorating eggs, boys prepare their pomlázkas. A nationwide Easter egg contest is held in Prague and other Czech cities around Easter time.

Traditional Feast
On Easter, people in Czech Republic eat lip smacking delicacies that are prepared especially for the festival. Usually, traditional Czech Republic recipes are made for the ceremonious occasion. Czechs eat a type of coffee bread called 'Babovka'. 'Mazanec' is another special Easter food, which is a yeast-raised cake filled with almonds, raisins and citron. A cross is cut into the top of the cake, just before it goes into the oven. Easter gingerbread, Easter Ram Cake, Judas Cake, 'God’s Mercy' (a type of doughnut sprinkled with sugar) are some of the traditional recipes, which should not be missed, when you are celebrating Easter in Czech Republic.